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Pair-case watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713)
Maker:
Case maker: Nathanial Delander (British, 1648–ca. 1691)
Date:
1682–83
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Outer case: leather with gold studs; Inner case and dial: gold with blued-steel hands; Movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, and silver
Dimensions:
Diameter (outer case): 2 in. (5.1 cm); Diameter (inner case): 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm); Diameter (back plate): 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1489a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 517
This extraordinary watch records seconds on the subsidiary dial above the number VI on the chapter ring for hours and minutes. It also has a remarkably early stop mechanism that can be activated at will in order to measure short intervals of time. The watch is not numbered on the back plate, but it is numbered 175 on the pillar plate and on the inner case.
Signature: Engraved on the back plate of the movement: [1] Tho. Tompion London

Marking: Outer case: monogram RWR or possibly GWR, surmounted by a coronet (unidentified)

Stamped on inner case: ND above 175 (probably Nathanial Delander)

Movement:
[1] Tho. Tompion London (engraved) (on the backplate);
[2] SC (back of the dial plate);
[3] 175 (punched) (on the pillar plate);
[4] 72 (scratched) (on the back of the dial);
[5] 1 1/4 (scratched) (on the back of the clock)
probably Claude Ashley Charles Ponsonby (until 1908; sale, Christie's, London, March 27, 1908, no. 1; sold to Price); Frederick George Hilton Price , London (sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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